I’ve taken part in my fair share of science fairs, both as a student and as the parent of a student. For some reason, though I’ve always seen the token volcano experiment at most of them, I’ve never actually done one (aside from the very generic version of adding baking soda to vinegar in a glass). Given how naturally fascinating volcanoes are, this seems like a lost opportunity to have some learning fun. So, if you don’t want to miss an opportunity to excite your child’s intellect, check out this information and these resources to help you conduct a volcano experiment at home.
Volcano Facts for Kids
Before you jump into the volcano science experiment, share these interesting facts about volcanos with your little learners:
- There are about 1,900 active volcanoes on the earth. This means they have erupted recently or they might erupt. Some volcanoes are extinct. Over 80 volcanoes have been found in the ocean.
- Most volcanoes happen on fault lines, or cracks in the Earth’s surface.
- Most of the earth’s volcanoes are in the Pacific Ocean, in an area called the Ring of Fire.
- The word “volcano” comes from Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.
- Lava from volcanoes can reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Volcanoes spew out ash and toxic gases, as well as lava and lava boulders.
Volcano Science Experiment for Kids
Check out these kids use household chemicals to recreate a volcanic eruption!
Using the Volcano Kit from the video, little scientists are asked to mix chemicals to make the volcano erupt! This will be an experiment that Young Scientists will want to repeat again and again!
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